Where is Chris Watts now? | The case of the man who murdered his family

Chris Watts

What did Chris Watts do?

Chris Watts murdered his pregnant wife Shanann by strangulation, and then smothered their two daughters, Bella and Celeste, in the early hours of the 13th August, 2018. He buried Shanann in a shallow grave near an oil storage facility, and then dumped the children’s bodies into oil tanks. Watts initially maintained his innocence, but confessed in an interview with detectives. 


What happened during the investigation, and did Watts plead guilty? 

Chris Watts was initially arrested on the 15th of August, 2018 on suspicion of the triple murders. According to the affidavit, Watts was having an affair and claimed he was seeking a separation from his wife, and in a fit of rage, he strangled her, then killed the two girls afterward. 

He transported the bodies to a remote oil storage site leased by his employer, Anadarko Petroleum. 

On the 21st August, he was charged with three counts of first degree murder, with an additional one count for the death of his unborn baby. 

Watts pleaded guilty to the murders on the 6th November, with the death penalty not being put forward by the prosecution at the request of Shanann’s family, who did not want anymore deaths to occur. On the 19th November, he was sentenced to five life sentences, without the possibility of parole. 


Where is Chris Watts now? 

Chris Watts was moved to an out of state location due to concerns over security, and on the 5th December, he arrived at Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupin, Wisconsin. He continues to serve his sentence there. 

Netflix released a documentary about the case in 2020, titled American Murder: The Family Next Door, which featured archival footage, telling the story of what happened leading up to that fateful day and the aftermath.  


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